Community Lunch 14

Well what a worthwhile day for me at Project Respect. I had my entry interview for the WAG and straight afterwards attended my first WAG meeting which was so stimulating and I came away feeling positively enlivened. 

What better way to follow this than with another delicious Community Luncheon?! The legendary chef spoilt us today with a sublime Mexican feast of tortilla chips, spicy roasted chilli (4 sorts!) and tomato dip, enchiladas with tomatillo, heavenly guacamole and finishing off with an incredible Mexican 3 milk cake and strawberries. Totally impeccable! Do I really have to go home and cook for my family tonight?! Surely they can fend for themselves.                               

Of course these luncheons are not just about delicious food, they are about sisterhood, support and friendship. Everyone in this organisation and, indeed, in this industry bring stories, life, love and acceptance to the table and for that we are all richer. 

Thank you Project Respect for hosting us every month, thank you Courtney for your amazing gift of delicious food and thank you ladies for your love and fellowship.

(Lunch attendee)

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Community Lunch 13

First week of Spring, the sun was shining and we had 8 women attend. A mixture of former and regular attendees.

On the menu we had sticky orange cauliflower, Japanese miso eggplant, salad, shortbread cookies and sweet potato cakes for dessert. 

The women mentioned how much they look forward to each monthly Community Lunch. 

 

 

 

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Community Lunch 12

What an amazing group of incredibly friendly women coming together at an awesome enterprise! I felt so honoured to be invited to my first luncheon at Project Respect and I was so excited to come along to meet members of a profession whom I admire immensely.

I worked as an escort for five years form age 45 to 49 ( 4 years ago ) while also doing other day jobs. It was a time of my life when I was privileged to meet many amazing strong women ( and some very descent, friendly men ) and this is why I am so very happy to discover Project Respect, with which I hope to get more involved as a volunteer.

I couldn't believe how warmly I was welcomed at the luncheon and how spoilt we were with delicious food, great company, and even a free manicure to boot! It feels like I've found a new family.

Do you know how we are all searching for a connection and a purpose in life? Well I think I may have found it here.

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Community Lunch 10

Today was my first lunch with Project Respect. I met workers from diverse cultural backgrounds and experiences of the sex industry. There were some positive and negative stories shared amongst my peers, it was a timely reminder about how workers in the industry require more rights and access to supports. Thank you Project Respect. (lunch attendee) 

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Community Lunch 9

This month the theme was Mexican. It was a complete feast! It was nice to be able to see the women after the break.
Great conversation in a nurturing women's space. It was a lovely afternoon with excellent food!

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Community Lunch 8

This was the last luncheon of the year. We had a good turnout, beautiful spread and everyone loved it. Very good conversations, catch up and discussion of the industry. It was a very supportive environment. 

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Community Lunch 7

It was a cold August winters day. But that didn't stop a small group of us from missing out on delicious food and fabulous company. This months cuisine was Filipino. Hugs were exchanged and catch ups began before entree was served - home made spring rolls. I could not stop eating them. I tried to leave room for the main course, which was a decadent coconut based pumpkin curry along side some rice noodles with veggies. A few of us commented that this was one of the tastiest meals yet. We love our chef, who also joined us for lunch, and we shared stories and advice on serious topics like working “real jobs”, and how it can be hard to make new friends once you leave the industry. We also celebrated one of our attendees achievements. Congratulations on your graduation K. You rock! - Author: Lunch Attendee

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Community Lunch 6

This was my first lunch attended and I had been stalling for months. But when I arrived, I was welcomed by all and there was a strong sense of unity and comradery. The American cuisine was un- American due to the fact that is was tasty and healthy. There was gluten free options for me which I really appreciated. The chef provided for all. At the end of the lunch we gathered to state positive affirmations about one another and a tear or two was shed. This was a longer lunch than usual with women staying up until 4.30pm. Looking forward to the next lunch! - Author: Lunch attendee 

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Community Lunch 5

Today there were seven of us bonding over a delicious Ukraine banquet of borsch, pierogi, homemade bread, roast vegetables and dumplings. It was lovely seeing familiar faces and getting to know each other on a much deeper level, while also welcoming a new friend into the fold.  It was another very relaxed afternoon with great food and wonderful company. - Lunch Attendee

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Community Lunch 4

Once again the food served was delicious! This time we had fresh and fragrant Vietnamese rice paper rolls and salad, followed by a desert topped with an amazing coconut cream sauce. The mood around the table was great, with conversation flowing easily. Discussion included sharing current information from different aspects of the industry, and of most value was news shared from a few around the table about their personal breakthroughs in their pursuits to transition out of the industry. Altogether a lovely afternoon with "real" people who get it. -A.   

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